Local Gems

Savor sweet side of Puyallup with local café

Riley Newell, News Editor

Have you been looking for a new place to hang out on weekends? 

Have you been wanting to try new food? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, you should visit The Savory & Sweet Café. Located in downtown Puyallup and three minutes away from PHS, you can find their famous crepes as well as many other delicious foods. 

The Savory & Sweet Café is open five days a week, Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

The café started out as a catering business on Stewart Street 15 years ago but changed into a café when owner Karen Fisher bought the building in downtown Puyallup 11 years ago.  

“I kind of had a vision in my mind of one day having a café and what it would look like…” Fisher said. “The menu was crafted and it kind of evolved. It started with a few things like a few paninis, a couple salads and some soups. And then, you know over the fifteen-year period, it just kind of grew.” 

Fisher said she wants to create a ‘homey’ environment.   

“We added crepes probably about six years ago and that’s been a great thing because it’s actually one of our best sellers now…” Fisher said. “It’s kind of like coming into your mom’s house… sitting up at her counter and eating her food. We [not only wanted] everything to be kind of homey and comforting but [to be] really good quality.” 

Although her café has been running for 11 years, Fisher said COVID-19 was still a big struggle and even had an impact on their menu. She says that COVID-19 affected a lot of things where the café had to streamline the menu, moving it from three pages to a one-page menu. 

“The biggest reason for that was prep time for stuff and then being able to use up all of our turkey or all of our bread that we order or lettuce. We have to make sure that what we have on the menu we can use in multiple items… basically when I look through things that if they don’t sell, I take them off. And it’s nice because I can experiment with different things by running it as a special… people loved it so much that we ended up putting on the menu,” Fisher said.  

As an entrepreneur, Fisher said to fight through negativity and anyone that tells you ‘no.’ If they say no, Fisher says she will find her way around it.  

Fisher said that out of the many aspects of her job the customers are her favorite part.  

“I work in the restaurant every day and so I get to see all the regular customers and say, ‘Hey, how’s it going? How was your vacation? How are your kids?’… it’s kind of like a social outlet, but at the same time, I get to have control over my destiny… it’s very empowering to have that, to come in and see people actually enjoying what you’re making, that’s what it’s all about,” Fisher said.